Windows 10: Would like to override default font in dialog.

  1.    21 Nov 2017 #1

    Would like to override default font in dialog.

    Would anyone happen to know how to override the default font used in a "generic" Open Folder dialog?

    I've read about the default fonts for MS Shell Dlg and MS Shell Dlg 2 ... and have tried to substitute Tahoma in the registry for both. Nothing changed in this dialog ... even after a reboot.

    The developer of the particular software that's displaying this says "it's a Windows dialog". But all other (similar) dialogs on my Win10 PC have a good and normal appearance. This one application displays what I call a "weak font" ... thin and with jaggies ... and is a visual blemish. BTW, the application's other font uses are just fine.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  2.    22 Nov 2017 #2

    That looks like a Win 7 style frame.. so suggests the dialogue is custom. Plenty of open/save dialogues are, as I think you know.
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  3.    22 Nov 2017 #3

    Thanks for pointing that out. I picked up the PNG from W7, but the one from W10 (below) shows the same weak font ... as exemplified by the word 'Videos'.

    Again, the reason for my question is that the developer says that the dialog is 'standard", not custom. Is there some way to confirm?

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  4.    22 Nov 2017 #4

    To me, it looks as if you have some appearance settings disabled.

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  5.    23 Nov 2017 #5

    A good idea of something to check ... but both my PC's are set to enhance the screen fonts. Apparently, the dialog I'm trying to improve is defined at a fairly basic level ... like just specifying a simplistic font.

    Thanks for your response.

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  6.    23 Nov 2017 #6

    Oddly, the font in that screenshot looks better than that in what I guess is file explorer in your first - the window in the background.
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  7.    23 Nov 2017 #7

    True. I don't have any font problem with common system dialogs. The font I've noted as "weak" is in the Browse Folder dialog of a 3rd-party application ... which is weak in both Win7 and Win10 ... and is reportedly a "standard dialog".
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  8.    24 Nov 2017 #8

    This gives you options to change and restore the font and rebuild the cache
    Change Default System Font in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

    Then you can retry this
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